Tuesday, August 28, 2012

right this second.

LOVING: my tumblr account. it's addicting, but i find awesome stuff.

READING: the kind diet by alicia silverstone & the mysterious benedict society series - just finished book two, now on to book three. 

WATCHING: the west wing series - all over again :]

ANTICIPATING: the changing of the seasons. apple cider, football, yellow and orange leaves, the layering of clothes... i love fall.

LISTENING TO: angus and julia stone. good old war. band of horses.

PLANNING: my visit to michigan next month. i'll be visiting some friends & family, and photog-ing a wedding.

WORKING ON: top-secret submissions and job applications. 

WISHING: everyone safety during hurricane isaac.

what are you up to this week?

Monday, August 27, 2012

music monday.

on saturday night, my friend jes & i had the pleasure of seeing band of horses and my morning jacket in concert. it was amazing!

so this music monday post is the new song from band of horses. 

enjoy & have a great monday :]

band of horses ~ knock, knock

Friday, August 24, 2012

recap friday.

it's friday, friday, friday.

this week consisted of lots of working. but it also consisted of lots of reading, snuggling, good food and exploring.

1. apparently dave matthews [yes, of the dave matthews band] makes wine, and CPK had his newest called 'crush'. it was delicious.

2. i treated myself to a fancy lunch on tuesday. kinda fun.

3. adam and i visited the epicenter downtown for a music night that they put on weekly. 

4. i've been on reading kick lately, and as you know, i love kid lit. so i'm super excited that i found a new series - the mysterious benedict society. if you love kid lit as much as i do, you should check it out. if not, tell your kids or younger siblings to read it so that i can discuss it with someone ;]

5. i finally got an anthro card in the mail & was pretty excited about it.

6. now that i'm living in the south, i figured i ought to invest in some cowboy boots. i thrifted these for $15 & they're real leather!

have a great weekend!

Monday, August 20, 2012

don't stumble.


i need a daily reminder of this. it's in the past. let it go.

music monday.

hello, lovelies.

can you believe it's monday again? it's cloudy and dreary here today, which makes it hard to get up and around. once i get around to it though, errands will be ran & a haircut will be gotten.
maybe i'll even treat myself to lunch downtown :]

hope you have a great monday <3 

birdy ~ young blood [naked and famous cover]

Saturday, August 18, 2012

current obsession.

diy love.

one. two. three. four. five. six. seven.

decorating a new space can be so inspiring. the bare walls, the empty shelves and the open spaces just waiting to be filled... but when you've just moved and are on a strict budget, doing projects yourself can be the only option.

these are some projects that i've found on the web over the last couple weeks - they're so beautiful, unique & look relatively easy to do. the best part? they add a little character to your life and to your space.

what are some d.i.y. projects that have inspired you?

Monday, August 13, 2012

music monday.

happy monday!

turn this up & get productive :]

the crane wives ~ where have you been [cover]

Friday, August 10, 2012


what a great way to spend the weekend.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

north carolina VS. the midwest.

a little over a month ago, adam and i made the big journey from chicago, illinois to charlotte, north carolina. both of us have spent our whole lives growing up in michigan, so living in the south is quite an adjustment :]

the weather is extremely different here.
obviously it's warmer, but it also storms more. since it's hurricane season, lately, most days have been 90 degrees, humid & overcast. then around 5/6pm, it gets really dark, really windy & storms for a half hour. also different? the rain here is horizontal! very strange. the best part, though, is that everything here is a beautiful shade of green.

the people are extremely nice here, but also, well... different. 
coming from two liberal-ish areas, i'm used to being able to speak my opinions & not offend anyone, because the people i speak them to normally share my beliefs. i chose charlotte because it is one of the lease conservative cities in the south - however, i've learned that i still need to bite my tongue sometimes & not be so shocked at some of the awful things people say.

the pace of the south is veryyy slooow. 
everyone's driving, work ethic & thought process it just a little more relaxed - which is hard to get used to, but it's definitely a blessing. the pace in chicago was so fast - almost robot-like - so it's nice to be able to go a bit slower and enjoy things more.

the food is different, too.
i love sweet tea & coffee as much as the next person, but down here, people take it to another level. you wouldn't believe how much sweetener/cream people put in their drinks at starbucks. just this morning i had one lady order a venti chai latte [which is normally 5 pumps of chai, hot water to the middle & 2% milk to the top], and she wanted 10 pumps of chai, no water & whole milk. GROSS. there are more fast food restaurants here, too - chick-fil-a, bojangles, jack in the box, sonic, etc - and their portions are bigger. imagine that.

although some things are extremely different here, we really do like it. i've noticed that the sunny days, natural light & pool time have improved my mood & mind-set significantly - which is something i desperately needed.  have you made a major move? if so, what things have you found to be extremely different?

Monday, August 6, 2012

music monday.

happy monday, friends.

today calls for laundry, cleaning, errands & hopefully a lunch date with my honey.

hope you had a terrific weekend & have an amazing week <3 

last dinosaurs ~ zoom

Sunday, August 5, 2012

photo inspiration.

photographer rodney smith is a god in my book. his film photos are spontaneous, yet surreal - and always interesting. it's like he creates a fairy tale is each of his photographs.

want to see more? visit his portfolio and blog.

Friday, August 3, 2012

t.bell photography : a new collection!

i am SO happy to present a new collection of prints!

this collection includes beautiful 5x7 photographs - all with inspiring musical lyrics on them. 

this is something very dear to my heart, because music, like photography, is something so original, emotional and inspirational. being able to merge the two together makes me genuinely happy :]

visit my etsy shop to see all six prints!

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